Penn State claims 2nd straight Big Ten crown

Penn State was simply dominant en route to winning its second consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championship on Sunday, crowning three repeat champions in a memorable title match run at Mackey Arena. The Nittany Lions were nearly perfect throughout Sunday’s session and ran away from both Minnesota and Iowa in the team title race. Penn State also has qualified nine wrestlers for NCAAs, with a 10th alive for an at-large bid.

Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro became a two-time Big Ten champion at 149 with a tech fall over Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, All-American David Taylor majored Iowa’s Mike Evans at 165, and All-American Ed Ruth majored Minnesota’s Logan Storley at 174.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Penn State – 149.0
2. Minnesota – 134.0
3. Iowa – 126.0
4. Illinois – 105.5
5. Ohio State – 91.0
6. Northwestern – 75.0
7. Michigan – 66.0
8. Nebraska – 65.0
9. Purdue – 51.5
10. Indiana – 41.0
10. Michigan State – 41.0
12. Wisconsin – 9.0

CHAMPIONS BY WEIGHT

125: #1 Matt McDonough, Iowa  — 6-1 dec.
#2 Zach Sanders, Minnesota

133: #2 Logan Stieber, Ohio State – 5-2 dec.
#3 Tony Ramos, Iowa

141: #1 Kellen Russell, Michigan – 7-2 dec.
#4 Montell Marion, Iowa

149: #1 Frank Molinaro, Penn State – 15-0 TF (4:90)
#9 Dylan Ness, Minnesota

157: #20 Derek St. John, Iowa – 4-3 dec.
#2 Jason Welch, Northwestern

165: #1 David Taylor, Penn State – 11-2 maj. dec.
#6 Mike Evans, Iowa

174: #2 Ed Ruth, Penn State – 13-2 maj. dec.
#6 Logan Storley, Minnesota

184: #6 Kevin Steinhaus, Minnesota – 3-1 (sv) dec.
#7 Josh Ihnen, Nebraska

197: #17 Mario Gonzales, Illinois – 10-4 dec.
#3 Matt Powless, Indiana

285: #3 Tony Nelson, Minnesota – 2-0 dec.
#6 Bobby Telford, Iowa

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steve on 3/5/2012 @ 8:24am EDT Said:

I enjoyed your broadcast of the big 10 championship. I think there could be another repeat of Russell as four time champ before Steiber, what about Taylor or Ruth?

Eric on 3/5/2012 @ 9:15am EDT Said:

I’d hardly say Penn State was simply dominate, Minnesota and Iowa were close going in to the second day. Whoever wrote this article clearly didn’t follow the tournament.

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